Suzuki is more economical and offers more interior space, but is it worth the extra cost?
Repairing a new car is expensive. That is why many manufacturers work closely. Which new plugin offers the best polling: Citroën, Jeep or Suzuki?
Suzuki is 4.63 meters tall; that is 13 inches taller than Citroën and about 30 inches taller than a Jeep. You can also see it in the trunk volume: Across cargo space is at least 490 liters, compared to 460 liters for C5 Aircross and 420 pieces for Compass. That is, incidentally, up to 120 liters less than the fit in a typical Citroën or Jeep of this type, while the required battery pack is hidden under the back seat of all three test candidates. C5 Aircross and Compass offer the so-called ‘movie seat’; you sit higher than the people in front of the car. This has no effect on the available head room, but the Jeep offers more leg room. That is surprising, as the Citroën rear seat can be moved. The back straps can also be adjusted individually. Both SUVs do not have the necessary center tunnel, so you can sit back with three. The leg and head room behind the Suzuki can safely be described as numerous. The Across also has a removable backrest. You can also sit next to each other on the Suzuki, but what is interesting is the plastic belt on the floor. If a person puts on his shoes regularly, the central tunnel will no longer be visible for a short time.
The advantage of oil and electric motor is the fact that these types of versions are more powerful than the various model types. For example, the C5 Aircross Hybrid offers 45 hp more compared to the more powerful petrol version: they all have a 180 hp 1.6-liter petrol engine under the hood, but the plug-in hybrid is ideal for a combined power of 225 hp and 360. Nm of torque. We see the same thing happening with the Jeep: the Compass power train has almost 100 hp power in the alternative we run than the more consistent version of the standard. Power source provides for 240 hp even more power than French!
Americans provide maximum torque aside: 270 Nm for a 1.3-liter gasoline engine and 250 pieces for an electric one. No more audio numbers, but the Jeep Compass is a car that you don’t have to drive to comment on it. Taking a seat behind the wheel is really enough: the head section of the front seat is so compact that your body decides whether you can sit comfortably or not. Across is the most powerful of the three, with a combined output of 306 hp and 270 Nm of torque. And that is not surprising, because it has a large 2.5-liter block in front. Behind the Across wheel you sit higher than in other SUVs. That gives the car something unchanged, without having to pay the price in a hanging car system. Only automatic automatic transmission is the only thing you may need to get used to: Crossing is only good and quiet, as long as you stay calm.
However, when it comes to peace of mind on the board, no exam candidate approaches Citroën. This is all part of a new philosophy that the French follow, of which the comfort of driving is paramount. And so you sit behind the wheelchair on chairs that do not look good at home and additional sound insulation has been used. Special shock absorbers that soften almost any part of the road complete the operation. Of the three, the Jeep emits a lot of driving noise. The support systems available on the testauto can also be well understood on your steering wheel, which gives you an uncomfortable feeling. And to say that a six-speed automatic transmission changes without seam? But the Compass is a real Jeep, meaning that you can still install it differently. Silence through nature: if that is not environmentally friendly, we do not know what it is!
Extra power source, battery pack and – in the case of a Jeep and Suzuki – a four-wheel drive. To save the environment, these semi-road vehicles carry less weight. The Crossing Road is the largest and also the heaviest: the SUV hits less than 2 tons. The Jeep weighs 1,835 kg, Citroen 1,745 pieces.
To see if the heavier the plug-in was also the most thirsty, we put the test candidates in our range test. For a change we drove the other way, so on the main road to Lelystad airport and back to The Hague. All three plugins have different operating modes. You can set both power sources to work, drive electrically, save energy for a later date or use a gasoline engine as a generator. If you do nothing, these types of cars first choose to use the available power. Not so with Citroën, because after the highway trip to Lelystad we still had half the remaining battery charge on the C5 Aircross. Despite its low weight of license plate, which promised something for the result. In the pump, however, it was not Citroën, but a Suzuki that had used its fuel more carefully. At a distance of less than 230 miles, Across recorded practical use of 1 to 24.9. The C5 Aircross took second place with a score of 1 to 19.3, followed by Compass which made practically 1 to 14.9.
To be fair, we must say that the Jeep has a small third-party battery pack, with a capacity of 11.4 kWh. Citroen has 13.2 kWh of battery on board and Suzuki batteries have a capacity of 18.1 units. That’s a lot more battery-powered than Smart Forfour!
The black accents of our test version certainly do not help, but the Jeep is a very dark car. Even if you have a light atmosphere you still have to deal with the normal surface of the glass and a large portion of the blind on your shoulder. Emergency brake system and assisted road support are included in each Compass, but our test vehicle also has blind spot protection, fatigue detection and traffic warning. Flexible transport controls are not available on the Jeep. Toyota offers additional safety features on its passenger cars as usual, and Suzuki now also benefits from this. Because Across is released in only one version, you immediately have everything on board. Includes flexible air traffic control!
The French are a little ‘smart’ when it comes to the security equipment available. The C5 Aircross already offers an emergency brake system and traffic signal recognition as usual, but that applies to removed versions of the systems that are in our most expensive test drive. Only then will Citroën apply the brakes independently of cyclists and pedestrians. It costs something, but you also have something: the more expensive version can drive freely on traffic queues.
Ease of use
Toyota does not want to share everything with Suzuki. For example, the RAV4 navigation system is equipped with all of Toyota’s garages, so Suzuki is prudent thanks to the service. With a smart interior mirror that ensures a good view of the back with the help of a camera even with a full rear seat, they have also fitted themselves to Toyota. The Across knows how to handle a 1,500-pound trailer. Citroën and Jeep are also allowed to pull the trailer; there is a series of 1,300 and 1,250 kg behind SUVs.
Suzuki is the only test vehicle from this group with a flat floor for loading. With the Jeep rising, in Citroën the cargo floor has cracks, where things can easily fall apart. The C5 Aircross has a different storage option for charging cables. In a Jeep you must sacrifice a spare wheel for that. In Across, there is always a storage cover that rotates through the cargo area. You will find a complete hole in the trunk. The Jeep also has a similar socket, but between the front seats. Also convenient: Compass doors open almost perpendicular to the vehicle and thus facilitate entry. There’s also a nuisance: the middle console is messy, with control buttons everywhere and hardly any space to store small items. And if you want a Jeep charge, you can only do so when the car is locked. If you forget something and open the door again, the SUV immediately stops the charging process.
Speaking of which, none of our test candidates can charge quickly. In fact; at speeds of up to 7.4 kW, it only takes 4.5 hours before the battery is fully charged. Suzuki spends a lot of time at the charging station, Citroën may be the first to be ready. But only if you have chosen the optional – optional – 7.4 kW charge, because the C5 Aircross charges with half of that as usual.
The C5 Aircross is available from € 32,990, but for that money it still runs on a version of gasoline and electric motor. So you have to bring at least 42,290 euros; about 10 largest! With that money you get not only an additional power source, but also more equipment. Especially when it comes to additional driver support systems, because things like climate control, navigation system and rear camera are already on board. Citroën is the only one of these three to be a front-wheel drive vehicle; a four-wheel-drive vehicle is not an option. Our test car has a Shine trim standard and costs at least € 45,850. You can identify the version by, among other things, the large alloy wheels and tailgate that you can unlock for foot movement.
The French offer a 2-year and 8-year manufacturer’s warranty – or 160,000 miles – to the existing battery pack. There is only one version of the Suzuki Across (if you count the Toyota RAV4 at least). Everything is available for € 55,900, from a four-wheel-drive vehicle with a large battery to the seat, steering wheel and windshield wiper. Suzuki provides a 6- or 150,000-year factory warranty and as far as we can see, this applies to the full vehicle, including the batteries required for this plug-in hybrid. In terms of asking price, the Jeep is located between the French and the Japanese. You pay at least 46,490 euros for a plug-in mix. That’s a lot of money, considering that Compass on gasoline alone is already available for € 33,200. The additional cost of the plug-in hybrid is even a few thousand euros more than Citroën, though you will get a four-wheel drive by Americans for that money. The Jeep is the only brand of these experimental candidates that offer a variety of hybrid training trains: one with 190 and one with 240 hp. The extra cost charged for the most powerful alternative is not charged at just € 500. By this comparison, the Jeep finished with its masterpiece: 4Xe Plug-in Hybrid Electric S, which benefits from more secure equipment, thick stereo and sports ‘appearance’ with all kinds of black accents for at least € 47,990. The Jeep offers a 5 year and 8 year manufacturer’s warranty – or 160,000 miles – to the existing battery pack.
Creating a new car is an expensive joke. That is why many manufacturers work together to share those costs. Some do it openly, such as Citroën. That is part of the same company with Opel, DS and Peugeot. By 2021, the group that Citroën already exists will be even larger: Fiat and Chrysler brands will also join the group under the name ‘Stellantis’. Including Jeep, which has now developed this hybrid Vision Plugin alone. They can soon drop that power on the shelf. Although Compass is a sight to behold and you can drive off-road without harmful debris, Americans lose almost all aspects of the trial against Citroën and Suzuki. They are more spacious, more economical, provide more driving comfort and are allowed to pull a heavier caravan. The Across is the best for almost every C5 Aircross. But we doubt that that would cost an additional 10 mille.
Also read our personal driving tests of these test candidates:
Citroen C5 Aircross Hubrid Shine
Jeep Compass 4Xe Plug-in Hybrid Electric S
Suzuki In Hybrid Software Plug-In 2.5
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